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How to Carry on Life After Kidney Transplant

Putting your body through a kidney transplant procedure is a very complicated process. Unlike standard surgeries, you should be twice as careful as your body has the chance of rejecting the transplanted organ. Your duration of hospital stays and recovery will depend on a few factors, including the type of transplant procedure, acceptance of the new organ by your body, and overall health.

Each person’s recovery and healing rate are different from one another. One must lead a meticulous life after kidney transplant. Few things need continuous monitor when you are at home.

Blood Pressure

Check the BP at least once a day. Know the (usual) reading of blood pressure. If your blood pressure is out of the normal range and you have taken your blood pressure medications for at least an hour, notify the transplant team. If a reading is high and you have not received your medicine yet, wait for another reading for at least one hour, so your medication has time to work.

Track Your Pulse

You can see if any drug unusually changes your heart rate by keeping track of your vibration.

Take Your Temperature

Take your temperature whenever you have chills, hot flashes, aches, or feel sick. Temperature increases may be the first sign of an infection, or your body may be trying to reject your new kidney. If your temperature is above average, inform your transplant team immediately.

Keep Track of Intake And Output

Newly transplanted patients are expected to control fluid intake and output for approximately six weeks after surgery.

Other things to follow

  • Wash before eating all fruits and vegetables to reduce the chance of infection
  • After kidney transplantation, life might be a little monotonous as you might not be allowed to travel or drive for a while. Be sure to check before you start driving again with your transplant team.
  • Stop strenuous exercise following the transplant for at least 6-8 weeks. It is advised to do some exercise, such as walking, cycling, and swimming.
  • Upon consulting with your transplant team, you will resume sexual activity. Some drugs may interfere with sexual function.Women with a kidney transplant usually return after two to three months to a regular menstrual cycle.
  • Stop smoking. If you need help with quitting, ask your transplant team or regular doctor. You should also make sure with the doctors if you are occasionally allowed to have alcohol when you are on medication.

Conclusion

A kidney transplant’s long-term success depends on many things. You should: be seen on a regular basis by your transplant team and follow their advice Take your anti-rejection drugs regularly at the right dose and at the right time, as instructed by the transplant team, to prevent your body from rejecting your new kidney.

Getting a donor kidney that matches is not very easy, and the total cost of kidney transplant in India is also very high. So, you should be very cautious and follow strictly whatever the doctor says. 

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